Almería

For other places with the same name, see Almeria (disambiguation).
The statue of San Cristóbal

Almeria is a city in Andalucia.

Understand

The word Almeria is an Arabic word which means mirror of the sea. Like many Andalusian cities, Almeria kept its Arabic name after it had been recaptured by the Spanish. It is an averagely sized city by the Mediterranean Sea with a population of around 200,000. In its region lies the Natural Resort (Parque Natural) area of Cabo de Gata.

Climate

Almeria has a Hot Arid climate (BWh). Almeria's winters are very mild, around 18°C (65°F). Summers are long and hot and often reach and exceed 40°C (104°F) in the shade during July and August.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 17 18 20 23 27 30 33 34 31 27 22 19
Nightly lows (°C) 9 10 11 13 17 20 24 24 21 17 13 11
Precipitation (mm) 18 16 10 11 5 3 0 0 8 17 23 19

Hot Arid Climate, Average annual temperature: 20°C, average annual precipitation: 120mm, average annual sunshine hours: 3,470

Get in

John Lennon

By plane

Carriers serving Almeria include Monarch from London Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, Ryanair from London Stansted, Iberia from Barcelona, Madrid and Melilla, Easyjet from London Gatwick & Jet2.com from Leeds/Bradford.

Also efficient are flights to Madrid or Malaga, followed by bus trips to Almeria. While requiring more time, they are often cheaper than direct flights to Almeria.

By train

Almeria's train station is located on the Plaza de la Estación in the centre of the city and has services to destinations across Spain.

By bus

The bus and train station are combined. Buses arrive from Jaén, Málaga, Granada and a variety of other cities all day. More options are available if routing through Granada, which is quick and simple. The station is located southeast of the center, and is a 15-25 minute walk from the center of town.

By boat

Ferries connect Almería to Melilla, Nador, Ghazaouet and Oran

See

The Alcazaba

Do

Buy

Eat

View of the port from the Alcazaba

There are numerous tapas bars located around the town, offering a choice of meat, fish and seafood as well as some typical tortillas and potato dishes. Tapas bars are typically visited by the locals before the night fiesta.

Budget

Drink

Most of the bars are located in the area known by the locals as cuatro calles (the four streets) in the very centre of the city and just under the Cathedral plaza. Depending on the day, a litre of beer could cost down to 2 euros in some bars.

Sleep

Mid-range

Stay safe

Almeria is generally a peaceful town. Robberies or crime is highly unlikely although the locals might advise to keep away from the gypsy neighbourhoods at night.

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